Q: What are your fees like?
 
This is a very common question that we get asked about. Since it is impractical to list our fees for all the services we offer, we will only provide information on the most common procedures as a guide.
 
Fee guide*
 

Treatment description

 Item code 

  Normal fees  

Comprehensive oral examination only 

  011   $75

Removal of calculus (scaling) - first visit

  114   $130

Intraoral x-ray radiograph (each)

  022   $50

Fluoride gel application

  121   $50

Tooth-coloured filling (depends on whether it is a front or back tooth, and the size of the filling)

  Variable  

  $160 - $520     

Dental emergency visit (depends on whether it is a limited consultation only or including emergency treatment)

  Variable

  $60 - $420  

* Fees are applicable from 1st January 2018 and are subject to change without notice.

 
Note: If you have Extras cover with either BUPA or HCF, special rates apply. Depending on the policy that you have, there may be no out-of-pocket expenses for some treatments.

 

Q: What can I do to reduce my dental bills?  

The Australian Dental Association has 4 simple tips:

1) Brush twice daily, with fluoride toothpaste.

2) Use floss (or an interdental cleaning device) at least once daily.

3) Reduce sugary drinks and food.

4) Visit the dentist for regular check-ups.

 

Q: How much will my private health insurance contribute to my dental bills?

The rebates payable on dental fees depend on the type of insurance policy that you have. It may be a fixed amount or a percentage of the treatment fee. 

We usually provide a fee estimate with item codes for treatment recommendations which you can then use to find out your out-of-pocket expenses by contacting your health fund.

 

Q: Why does Charisma Dental not provide fee estimates for item codes provided by another dentist?

We do not aim to provide the cheapest dental treatment around and we may not agree with the treatment recommendations of the other dentist. If you are unsure about the treatment recommended by your dentist, it is a good idea to seek a second opinion and we are always happy to help in such cases.

 

Q: How often should I visit my dentist? 

For the average person, we recommend 6-monthly checkup and clean visits. Depending on the status of your oral health on examination, we may change the recommendation to anything from 3 months to 12 months. 

The whole idea here is to help everyone to remain in the low risk group for dental problems. Generally, the risk increases the longer you delay your checkup visits.